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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND THEIR CO-PRODUCTION This handbook is a key critical research resource for researchers and practitioners across the social sciences and their contributions to related disciplines associated with the fast developing interdisciplinary field of sustainability science.

Redistributing Labour in Automated Milking Systems and the More-Than-Human (Co)Production of Dairy Farming
Redistributing Labour in Automated Milking Systems and the More-Than-Human (Co)Production of Dairy Farming
Christopher BearLewis Holloway

This chapter explores the more-than-human redistribution of productive labour in Automated Milking Systems (AMS). Moving away from employing ‘nature’ as an analytical concept, we focus on practices, actions and encounters between heterogeneous actants, rather than assuming intrinsic ontological differences between (for instance) cows, humans and robots. AMS are designed to reduce the amount of human labour in dairy farming, by allowing cows to ‘choose’ when to be milked by a milking robot, and moving farmers’ management of herds from the barn to the office, as they make use of data automatically collected during milking. The chapter explores ...

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